Life Pharmacy offers a wide range of antidepressants including Prozac, Paxil and Lexapro. All antidepressants carried by Life Pharmacy are available for worldwide delivery, with no prescription necessary to order.
Different Types of Antidepressants
Antidepressants come in several different categories. Each type of antidepressant treats depression with a different mechanism of action. Your physician will be able to tell you which medication is best to treat your condition. This will depend on the symptoms experienced and your medical history and family history. It may take some time to find the antidepressant that offers you the best treatment with the least side effects. Your doctor will be able to describe the best medicine and recommended dosage.
Newer categories of antidepressants are often prescribed to treat depression, as they cause fewer side effects than the older classes of antidepressant. These more recent type of antidepressant include:
- Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)
- Paxil, Prozac, Lexapro, Zoloft, Celexa
- Wellbutrin (Zyban)
- Serotonin-Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors (SNRIs)
- Cymbalta, Effexor, Effexor XR
- Reversible Inhibitors of Monoamine Oxidase Type A (RIMAs)
- Manerix (Aurorix)
- Antianxiety Agents (Anxiolytic Agents)
- Buspar (Buspirone)
- Ziprasidone (Geodon)
- Specific Serotonin Reuptake Acccelerators (SSRAs)
- Stablon (Tianeptine)
- Noradrenergic and Specific Serotonergic Antidepressants (NaSSAs)
- Remeron (Mirtazapine)
The older antidepressants may offer better results for some individuals. These include:
- Tricyclic Antidepressants (TCAs)
- Amitriptyline, Pamelor, Tofranil
- Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs)
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) are antidepressant medications prescribed to improve mood in people suffering from depression.
Serotonin (also called 5-HT) is an important chemical messenger in the brain. Serotonin is highly active in the areas of the brain that control mood and thinking. In individuals suffering from depressions, serotonin is not as active or effective. Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) increase the amount of serotonin in the brain, helping to correct the lack of action of serotonin and thereby to improving mood.
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) are also widely used to help a variety of other symptoms including:
- anxiety (a lower starting dose may help)
- social phobia and social anxiety
- obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- post-traumatic stress disorder
- panic attacks
- bulimia nervosa
- pre-menstrual syndrome
Celexa (Citalopram) is a Selective Serotonin Reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) that has been approved by the FDA for the treatment of depression. Celexa prescriptions total over 5 million worldwide.
Lexapro (Escitalopram Oxalate)
Lexapro has proven advantages over Celexa, offering better symptom relief at lower dosages and better tolerability. Lexapro also has a faster onset of effect fewer side effects. Lexapro is derived by isolating the Celexa (Citalopram HBr) molecule, providing treatment benefits beyond Celexa.
Prozac Fluoxetine) is FDA approved to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and bulimia nervosa. First approved in 1987, Prozac is the world's most prescribed antidepressant.
Paxil (Paroxetine) may be the most potent of all SSRIs (see study) and is also approved by the FDA for a very wide range of conditions.
Zoloft is safe and effective for the treatment of depression and anxiety. It is the most common doctor-prescribed brand of its kind. Zoloft has treated millions of people with more types of depression and anxiety than any brand of its kind for over 12 years.
Wellbutrin / Zyban (Bupropion)
Wellbutrin may be prescribed to relieve symptoms of depression, and can also be taken to help stop smoking by reducing withdrawal effects. The active ingredient in Wellbutrin (Bupropion HCl) is prescribed more by psychiatrists than any other antidepressant.
Serotonin-Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors (SNRIs)
Serotonin-Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors (SNRIs) are a class of antidepressant used in the treatment of clinical depression and other affective disorders. They are also sometimes used to treat:
- anxiety disorders
- obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or attention deficit disorder (ADD)
- chronic neuropathic pain
Serotonin-Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors (SNRIs) act upon two neurotransmitters in the brain that are known to play an important part in mood - serotonin and norepinephrine. This can be contrasted with the more widely-used selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which act only on serotonin. SNRIs were developed more recently than SSRIs, and there are relatively few of them. Their efficacy as well as their tolerability appears to be somewhat better than the SSRIs, owing to their compound effect.
Cymbalta is the newest SNRI to be approved by the FDA. Cymbalta is prescribed for major depressive disorders, urinary incontinence and diabetic peripheral neuropathic pain (DPNP)
Effexor and Effexor XR (Venlafaxine HCI)
Effexor and Effexor XR (extended release) are used primarily for the treatment of depression, generalized anxiety disorder, and social anxiety disorder in adults. Effexor is chemically unrelated to other antidepressants, but is usually categorized as a serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI).
Reversible Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (RIMAs)
Reversible Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (RIMAs) are a new category of Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs) developed specifically to be safer than their older counterparts. Unlike the older MAOIs, RIMAs only inhibit the enzyme, monoamine oxidase type A, not monoamine oxidase type B. RIMAs do not hang on irreversibly to monoamine oxidase enzyme either - making it much less risky for people who may need to switch to a different antidepressant within a few days of stopping the drug.
Aurorix / Manerix (Moclobemide)
Aurorix (Moclobemide) - also marketed as Manerix in some countries - is currently the only RIMA available for sale. Aurorix appears to be equally as effective as the older MAOIs while causing less side effects.
Tricyclic Antidepressants (TCAs or Tricyclics)
Tricyclic Antidepressants (TCADs) are an older class of antidepressants which work very well for the treatment of depression. In lower dosages, Tricyclic Antidepressants may also be prescribed for chronic pain relief and seem to work best for the burning or searing pain common after nerve damage, which sometimes occurs with diabetes, shingles and strokes.
Amitriptyline (marketed as Elavil or Amitrip)
Amitriptyline may be used in depressive illness of psychotic or endogenous nature and in selected patients with neurotic depression. Endogenous depression is more likely to be alleviated than are other depressive states. Amitriptyline, because of its sedative action, is also of value in alleviating the anxiety component of depression.
Nortriptyline (marketed as Pamelor or Norpress)
Nortriptyline is used to elevate the mood of patients with depression. Nortriptyline is also a sedative and is useful in depressed patients with insomnia, restlessness, and nervousness. It also has been found to be helpful for treating chronic pain and the pain of neuralgia.
Tofranil is a tricyclic antidepressant sometimes prescribed in the treatment of bipolar disorder, depression and other mood disorders.
Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs)
After the brain's three neurotransmitters, known as monoamines (serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine), have played their part in sending messages in the brain, they get burned up by a protein in the brain called monoamine oxidase, a liver and brain enzyme. Antidepressants known as monoamine oxidase inhibitors work by blocking this cleanup activity. When the excess neurotransmitters are not destroyed, they start piling up in the brain. Since depression is associated with low levels of these monoamines, increasing the monoamines ease depressive symptoms.
Parnate is a Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs) is prescribed for the treatment of major depression--that is, a depressed mood that lasts for at least 2 weeks and interferes with daily functioning.
Serotonin Reuptake Accelerators
While SSRI inhibit the reuptake of Serotonin, Serotonin Reuptake Accelerators do the opposite. Studies have shown Tianeptine to be at least as effective as SSRIs, while having favorable tolerability (less side effects) in the treatment of depressed patients.
Stablon (Tianeptine) is an antidepressant that is chemically related to amineptine. It is a serotonin reuptake accelerator and works opposite to the action of SSRIs. Stablon (Tianeptine) is primarily prescribed to treat depression.
Noradrenergic and Specific Serotonergic Antidepressants (NaSSAs)
Noradrenergic and Specific Serotonergic Antidepressants (NaSSAs) are a new type of antidepressant. Due to their unique mode of action, they cause fewer side effects compared to Tricyclic Antidepressants (TCAs) and Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), but are equally effective in the treatment of depression.. Noradrenergic and Specific Serotonergic Antidepressants (NaSSAs) work by blocking alpha-2 receptors on nerve cells in the brain. This prevents noradrenaline from binding to these receptors and, therefore, enhances its action in the brain. It also enhances the action of serotonin in the brain. This prolongs the mood-lightening effect of any released noradrenaline and serotonin and helps to relieve depression.
Generic Remeron (Mirtazapine)
Remeron (Mirtazapine) is an antidepressant with a rapid onset of action and fewer side effects than other antidepressants.
Azapirones (such as buspirone) are most commonly prescribed antianxiety medications. They are chemically and pharmacologically different from most of the other antianxiety meds and the adverse effects of dependence, sedation, and psychomotor impairment are noticeably less than with benzodiazepines.
Buspirone is an antianxiety medication that works by stimulating serotonin type 1A receptors on nerves thereby altering the chemical messages that nerves transmit to each other. Unlike the most commonly prescribed antianxiety medications of the benzodiazepine class (e.g., diazepam, lorazepam, alprazolam; clonazepam), buspirone does not cause sedation.
Ziprasidone is an anti-psychotic used to treat bipolar disorder. It works by decreasing abnormal excitement in the brain.
Life Pharmacy also carries generic verisons of many popular antidepressants:
- Generic Amitriptyline
- Generic Buspar
- Generic Prozac - Fluoxetine Hydrochloride
- Generic Paxil - Paroxetine Hydrochloride
- Generic Cymblata - Duloxetine Hydrochloride
- Generic Celexa - Citalopram Hydrobromide
- Generic Lexapro - Escitalopram Oxalate
- Generic Aurorix - Moclobemide
- Generic Wellbutrin - Bupropion Hydrochloride
- Generic Remeron - Mirtazapine
- Generic BuSpar - Buspirone Hydrochloride
- Generic Zoloft - Sertraline Hydrochloride
- Generic Paxil CR - Controlled-Release Paroxetine Hydrochloride
- Generic Effexor XR - Extended-Release Venlafaxine Hydrochloride
- Generic Tofranil
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